This story was first published on May 19, 2011
A viral video appears to show a man taken by a killer whale as he walks along a beach.
The video is not real footage and the man was not eaten by the killer whale. In fact, the video is a TV ad for La Sirena, a retail chain located in the Dominican Republic.
Subject: ……. for a killer whale, Just a walk on the beach.
Be careful when walking the beach…
This “viral” video which circulates via YouTube, social networks and email, appears at first glance to show a man standing on a beach near the water’s edge suddenly taken and eaten by a killer whale.
However, fear not, the video is not real footage of a killer whale attack on a human and the man was not actually eaten. In fact, the video is a TV advertisement for La Sirena, a chain of retail stores located in the Dominican Republic.
The ad copy at the end of the video reads “No todos los lapices dan suerte solo el lapiz la suerte de La Sirena” which, translated to English means “Not all pencils give you luck, just the pencil “La Suerte” from la Sirena”.
The strange talk of pencils may seem a little baffling. However, it apparently makes reference to La Sirena’s previously aired “Lucky Pencil” promotion. The Lucky Pencil was a character created by the company as a Back To School promotional campaign. The promotion claimed that you can “learn the whole world” with “The Pencil of Luck” and gave people the chance of winning prizes such as laptops or trips away.
Thus, the killer whale ad is apparently just a part of this “Lucky Pencil” promotional campaign.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!